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The following information is the latest fishing information for the Root River in Racine. We will post new information to this site every TUESDAY or WEDNESDAY at 4:00 pm from September through December and from March through May. We will also update the number of fish processed at the Root River Steelhead Facility to give you the exact number of fish passed upstream. Depending on water conditions and number of fish in the weir, fish are usually processed on Mondays and Thursdays.

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Root River Steelhead Facility

Lake Michigan trout and salmon don't successfully reproduce in Wisconsin streams, so DNR gives Mother Nature a hand. Watch fisheries crews collect eggs and milt from spawning fish to create the next generation of steelhead to challenge anglers on the big pond.

Root River Fishing Report for March 27, 2017

The Root River is currently flowing at 696cfs. The water is very turbid from all of the rain and visibility is about 1 inch. The water is 40F above and below the Steelhead Facility. fishing has slowed down a lot since all of the rainfall. No anglers have reported catching any steelhead.

For up to date river conditions, check out the USGS web site of stream flow conditions [exit DNR]  in Wisconsin.

Fishing Information

Upstream of The Steelhead Facility

There was more angling pressure upstream of the facility this week. Most anglers have concentrated their efforts at Horlick Dam. A few fish were reported caught early in the week, but none have been reported since the rainfall. Anglers that had success reported catching fish on hair jigs or tube jigs tipped with a wax worm. The colors that seemed to work best were black/chartreuse, pink/white, and Chartreuse/white. A few fly fisherman reported have success with black/blue or all black streamers.

Downstream of The Steelhead Facility

More anglers chose to focus their efforts downstream of the facility, and mainly at Lincoln Park. Not many fish were reported caught. A few anglers caught fish on white tube jigs tipped with a wax worm. No fish have been reported caught since all of the rainfall.

Root River Steelhead Facility Report

DATE: March 27, 2017 RIVER TEMP: 40
  Rainbow Trout Chinook Salmon Coho Salmon Brown Trout
Total Captured 387      
Passed Upstream 267    


Taken to Hatchery        
Spawned at Facility


Egg Take


Last revised: Tuesday March 28 2017